Favorite recipes are deeply satisfying, especially if they stir memories of a special meal or occasion.   But it’s also a refreshing change to try new flavors.  This week, we’ve brought in new products to stimulate the creative juices.   In addition, a load of paella ingredients is arriving Friday afternoon (Bastille Day, July 14), including Bilbao chorizo, Dacsa Valencian rice in 1 kg and 5 kg bags, dried ñora peppers for making romesco sauce, and other essentials. Stop in and pick up ingredients for weekend meals!


Trois Petits Cochons PatéTrois Petits Cochons Bloc de Foie Gras de Canard – This 6.5 oz block of fattened duck liver is absolutely lucious.   Made by hand with no artifical ingredients, it contains sauternes wine, cream, salt, cognac and spices.   It’s ready to eat – simply slice and serve on toasted brioche for a divine flavor treat.   It can also be served on a bed of salad greens.

Trois Petits Rillettes de Canard – a 7 oz package of Duck Rillettes, ready to eat.  All natural, with no added hormones or antibiotics, this is fantastic in picnics, or for parties.    Spread on bread, and enjoy.   It doesn’t get much easier than this!

Palhais Portuguese CheesePalhais Portuguese goat cheese is back in stock.   This round, and individual-sized tangy cheese is delicious in a salad or on a cheese plate.   It is also excellent when stuffed into a whole piquillo pepper and warmed in the oven until it melts.   Splash Spanish sherry vinegar over it and serve!   Incredibly simple to make, and an impressive party dish.


Olive Olive Wood UntensilsWood Utensils – A new shipment of these gorgeous spoons, servers and spatulas arrived this week.  Essential with non-stick cookware to prevent scratches, they are light weight and make excellent gifts for cooks.  Olivewood is an exotic wood that is native to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. It has a sentimental and religious significance to several cultures and religions. The wood is hard, strong and durable, so it’s ideal for kitchen use. What makes this hardwood so unique is the extraordinary grain pattern of each individual piece, as well as the distinctive and inviting
fragrance that it gives off. It even becomes darker, richer, and more beautiful in color as it ages!


Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé Arrived Today- Limited Supply!Tempier Bandol RoséWe have received our allocation of seven bottles of the 2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé (750ml, $41.99). This rosé, from a justifiably famous estate, possesses a stunningly beautiful, pale, copper-salmon color, and offers beautifully crisp and precise notes of orange blossom and stone fruits that flow seamlessly to a medium-bodied, balanced, lively and fresh style on the palate. A blend of 55% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, and 20% Cinsault; the grapes used to make this Bandol rosé come from selected parcels where the vines are on average 20 years old. The yields are low, which explains the intense concentration and distinct expression of each varietal in this wine. The higher proportion of Mourvèdre gives this wine its strong character, balance and complexity.


Vieux Telegraphe CdP2014 Vieux Télégraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge “La Crau”  ($75.00)  We were incredibly fortunate to taste the 2014 cuvée of “La Crau” rouge this week.  Domaine du Vieux Télégraph is a benchmark producer of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, with sustainably farmed vineyards that are 20 to 60 years old.  La Crau is a plateau and one of the highest points in the AOC, covered with galets, the rounded stones which are a crucial element in the vineyards.   The galets insulate the vines from extreme weather, and provide drainage for the roots.  2014 “La Crau” reveals a wine of great potential, a vintage said to be the ideal style that proprietors Daniel and Frédéric Brunier aspire to.   One of the winemaker’s favorite vintages, it shows a purity of fruit with excellent integration of oak influences.   Very elegant, its spicy and mineral notes have lift and precision.   This excellent wine will age well for another 5 to 10 years, although it’s fantastic now.   A superb pleasure.